The Oakland County area has an abundance of opportunities for existing businesses and new ventures.
When the going gets rough, the entrepreneurial spirit gets creative and resourceful.
The Oakland Press has gathered upcoming events, news and links to help business owners and professionals succeed.

Friday, July 30, 2010

August business workshops offered by Oakland County

Business workshops in Waterford Township
Business owners and entrepreneurs who need assistance are invited to attend seminars in August offered by the Oakland County Business Center at Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. For registration and location specifics, visit, or call 248-858-0783.

Pre-Business Research class is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 3 at Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. For pre-registration and location specifics, visit our website at, or call 248-858-0783. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Team SBA Financing Roundtable - This session is best suited to those who have good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in their business. The class is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, August 4. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.

Fundamentals of Starting a Business is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, August 12. The fee is $30. No refunds.

Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 19. The fee is $40, which includes all materials. No refunds.

Small Business Loan Workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, August 25. The fee is $20 per person (Make checks payable to S.C.O.R.E.).The workshop includes handouts and SBA Source Book. No refunds.

FastTrac Listening to Your Business Workshop is 8 a.m. to noon Friday, August 27. The fee is $50. No refunds.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Oakland County residents launch apparel brand

Oakland County residents launch apparel brand
Together, three Oakland County residents are launching a new Michigan-based apparel brand, Mighty Detroit, which will showcase the spirit and culture of Detroit in each of its products. The mission of the new brand is to lend a hand in the rejuvenation of Detroit by donating a portion of the proceeds from each order to The Greening of Detroit, a charity dedicated to the reforestation of the city. For more information about Mighty Detroit and its products visit,

Meretsky receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Stan Meretsky of Birmingham was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Direct Marketing Association of Detroit. Meretsky is the founder of Meretsky Response, Michigan’s first advertising agency to specialize in direct response marketing. He was also president of the association and a longtime board member. He currently works with all the past presidents of the organization to further student education in the field of direct marketing.

MIST Innovations names new leader
MIST Innovations Inc., a data and communication security technology company, has appointed Craig S. Capece of Troy as president and chief executive officer. Capece brings more than 20 years experience in business development, product management, marketing, multichannel sales, operations and manufacturing to MIST Innovations. Capece was formerly the vice president and COO for Madison Heights-based QCR Tech. For information, call 313-974-6768 or visit

United Van Lines recognizes Corrigan Drivers

The following Michigan drivers for Corrigan Moving Systems received United Van Lines prestigious Safe Driving and Excellent Performance Award for 2009: Eric Yerkes of Ortonville, Harjeet Bains of Milan, Terry Rieger of Kentwood and Robert Bradshaw of Flint. They received the award for having accumulated the best safe driving and overall performance records during 2009. For more information, visit

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Investment book signing and beer tasting come together

Investment book signing and beer tasting come together
Jim Koester, a free market investor coach, will be having a book signing and Michigan beer tasting at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr. in Rochester at 6 p.m. Aug. 3. A presentation about the book, “The Dirty Filthy Lies My Broker Taught Me and 101 Truths about Money and Investing,” will precede the book signing. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Call 248-608-1133 or visit
Credit union promotes Golden
The Michigan Catholic Credit Union promoted Tracy Golden as the new marketing manager of its Troy branch. Golden has more than 17 years of experience and has been working with the credit union since 2003. As marketing manager, Golden will be responsible for all creative marketing strategies, public relations and MCCU sponsorships.

Businesses donate beds
Mattress To Go in Shelby Township donated five new twin mattresses and 50 queen pillowcases to Turning Point in Mount Clemens to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. Also, The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit received 11 new beds donated by Art Van Furniture for recently renovated rooms for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized nearby. Art Van also gave a $10,000 grant to assist in the Grief Counseling Library.

Free career transition workshop
A free workshop to help those in career transition, “Managing Stress Through a Career Transition,” will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at St. Jane’s Hall 1, 38750 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. Admission is free, but space is limited. To reserve a seat e-mail

Chamber to host power lunch
The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Power Value Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at Vintage House, 31816 Utica Road, Fraser. Presenters are attorneys Terri Giampetroni with Legal Strategies, P.C. and Linda McGrail-Belau with O’Reilly Rancilio P.C. They will discuss women in the workplace concerns such as equal pay, whistleblower issues, sexual harassment and discrimination. Cost is $15 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. To register, visit and click on Chamber Events” or call 586-731-5400, ext. 10 or 13.

Inner U Interview and Recruiter opens new corporate offi ce
Inner U Interview and Recruiting opened its new corporate office at 42140 Van Dyke, Suite 160, Sterling Heights on July 27. They assist job seekers with professional documentation and self-presentation and also assist employers target qualified and skilled talent to fill their needs. For more information, call 586-803-3510, via e-mail at or online at

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Palace Sports Entertainment names director of marketing

Palace Sports & Entertainment names director of marketing
Jared Rose of Auburn Hills was named director of corporate marketing for Palace Sports & Entertainment of Auburn Hills. Rose will be responsible for sponsorship sales and account management of corporate partnerships for The Palace, Detroit Pistons, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival. Rose was previously the vice president of Marketing and Sponsorship for Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League in Spokane, Washington where he developed the overall team’s marketing and advertising campaign including creative, graphic design, production, buying and execution of advertising.

Community Network Services supervisor receives credential

Oxford resident Laura Richards-Farwell, a supervisor at the Waterford Township-based nonprofit organization Community Network Services, recently received the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential from the American Society for Training & Development Certification Institute. Also a certified grant writer, Farwell is the supervisor of the Organization/Community Education and Development Department. For information, visit

‘Biggest Loser’ to share her experiences at luncheon
The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Business Women’s Exchange will hold their luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township. Cost to attend is $30 for SHRCCI and ABCC members or $40 for non members.  It will feature Helen Phillips of Sterling Heights, the winner of “The Biggest Loser.” She will share her experiences on the Biggest Loser Ranch and will be available for a question and answer session and book signing. To register, visit or call Sandy at 586-731-5400 x 10 or Lisa at 586-731-5400 x 13.

Diamond Vault is a favorite place on Google

Google headquarters recently sent a letter and placard to Diamond Vault of Troy, 801 W. Big Beaver, Troy, informing them that they had earned the title of “Favorite Place on Google.” The letter read, “Between December 1 and February 28, Diamond Vault of Troy was one of the most popular local businesses on Google, as measured by how many times people found their business listing, and clicked on it for more information.” Less than 250,000 businesses in the U.S. receive this recognition. That’s less than one percent of all U.S. businesses. Visit or call 248-244-0600 for more information.

Monday, July 26, 2010

People on the move

Real estate and investment firm appoints VP of corporate finance
    Grubb and Ellis Company, a leading real estate services and investment firm based in Grosse Pointe, recently appointed Anne Rahm as the new vice president of corporate finance.
    In her new position,
Rahm will support the corporate finance group in providing capital markets advisory and execution expertise for single-tenant assets on behalf of corporate users, developers and owners.
    Rahm previously worked at Community Central Bank as a commercial lending officer responsible for managing a commercial loan portfolio with approximately $20 million in exposure. 


Carter joins board for Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Michelle Carter, a partner in Bodman LLP’s Troy office, has
been elected to a threeyear term on the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association’s Board of Directors.
    An emerging leader in the Michigan Bar, Carter also has served as president of the Wolverine Bar
Association, and has been recognized as a rising star in “Michigan Super Lawyers.”

Firm hires Kramer to cover intellectual property issues
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, a leading busi
ness law firm based in Detroit, hired Anessa Owen Kramer as a partner in its intellectual property practice group of its corporate and securities department.
    Kramer, recognized as one of the 25
“Leaders in the Law” in 2010 by “Michigan Lawyers Weekly,” will concentrate her practice on trademark laws, handling domain name issues and providing advice relating to advertising and marketing.

United Solar launches new site
Rochester Hills-based United Solar, a leading global manufacturer of UNISOLAR brand rooftop solar panels — and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices has launched a new website at The new site features case studies on major companies such as Coca-Cola and shows how they have cut energy costs by utilizing Uni-Solar’s panels and modules.


Irish pub to give away Sportster Gus O’Connor’s Irish Pub servers Rachel James (from left), Diana Beauchamp and Rachel Backman pose with with the Harley Sportster up for grabs Sept. 14. A Custom Harley Sportster will be given out Sept. 14 by Gus O’Connor’s Irish Pub at 324 S. Main St. in Rochester. Customers can enter to win the Harley, plus enjoy live music and beer specials on Tuesday Night Bike Nights through Sept. 14.
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Consignment shop moves

Consignment shop moves to new location with showroom
Cash Around The House has moved to 6650 Highland Road, Suite 113 in Waterford Township. The owner, Jim McClure, sells a variety of quality items on consignment, including mid-century modern furniture and accessories, unusual art, toys, glass, lighting and antiques. The business has been selling consignment goods online for the past four years and just recently opened the showroom, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information or appointment, call 248-666-8400. To shop online, visit

Company receives award

Firestone Building Products Company LLC recently named Butcher & Baecker Construction Co. Inc. of Rochester Hills a 2010 Firestone Partner in Quality for demonstrating excellence in commercial roofing installations over the past year. The Rochester Hills-based firm was among 159 companies throughout North America to receive the award. For more information, call 248-852-2323 or visit
Hydro Designs official to serve on board
John Hudak will serve on the Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit Board of Directors for 2010-11. The association represents the interests of more than 800 professional members from southeast Michigan with human resources responsibilities. Hudak will serve as assistant treasurer. An active association member since 2003, he is currently the president and chief operating officer for Hydro Designs, Inc. in Troy. Visit

Friday, July 23, 2010

Seminar offered for golfers

Seminar offered for golfers
A golfers’ fun seminar is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Excel Rehabilitation Services, 3687 Highland Rd., Waterford Township.  The cost is $10 per person and free for registered Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic participants. Attendees can sign up to win two rounds of golf with cart at Pontiac Country Club.

Chamber of Commerce hosts networking breakfast
The Holly Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, July 30, at Villager’s Restaurant, 1121 North Saginaw St. in Holly. The cost for breakfast is $5.

Curtis joins The Creative Group
Kevin Curtis has joined the Southfield office of The Creative Group as an account manager. The Creative
Group, a division of specialized staffing leader Robert Half International, specializes in placing highlyskilled creative, advertising, marketing, web and public relations professionals with a variety of firms. Curtis has over 30 years of experience in the advertising industry and was previously the associate creative director of a leading firm specializing in advertising, marketing and digital communications. He teaches copy writing as an adjunct faculty member at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Metro Airport and Delta Air Lines expand recycling
The Wayne County Airport Authority and Delta Air Lines have introduced a new public recycling program at Detroit Metro Airport. The Airport Authority and Delta have placed 19 new, divided waste bins to collect recyclable plastic bottles, metal cans and paper separate from other trash throughout McNamara Terminal concourses. Additional recycling bins may be added based upon customer participation. The terminal’s existing trash receptacles will also remain in place. Visit
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Leadership skills for leaders class

Learn leadership Detroit Executive Service Corps is offering a class called “Leadership Skills for the Experienced Leader,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols in Detroit. The cost is $35 or $60 based on budget size. It includes a continental breakfast, lunch and materials included.

Skidmore Studio receives award
Skidmore Studio of Royal Oak has received an award for their motion graphics work. The 50-year-old creative firm was recognized with a Silver award from the Summit Creative Awards. The international awards program, which evaluated submissions from 24 countries, recognized “Art is Everywhere.” “Art is Everywhere” is an educational and awareness-building video developed in AfterEffects for ArtServe Michigan. The video is available for viewing at

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Seminar to focus on changes to business with China

Seminar to focus on changes to business with China

The Multicultural Council of America is offering a three-hour seminar titled, “China: A Business & Culture Seminar.” The seminar starts at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29 at Hyatt Place, 1545 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills. Discussion at the seminar will focus on changes taking place in China that are transforming the business and political relationships between the United States and China. The cost is $149 per person and $249 for two. To register, visit

First Michigan Bank names commercial banking chief
First Michigan Bank announced Thomas C. Shafer of Grosse Pointe Farms has been named executive managing director of commercial banking. Shafer has been employed by Citizens Republic Bancorp since 1994. He held the position of executive vice president of specialty banking, among other titles. He also worked at Michigan National Bank in various commercial assignments.

New agents for real estate company

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, a Birmingham-based real estate broker with 11 offices and more than 400 real estate agents in southeastern Michigan, has recently welcomed a number of new agents to the rapidly growing company. Jacquelyn Hasenfratz, Teresa Stovall and Darla Niewoit-Hartline at Birmingham/Bloomfield North; Susan Maczko and Sara Reppke at Birmingham/Bloomfield South; Carol Ambrose, Brian Gaughan and Stacey Hasenau at Northville/Novi; Lisa Virkus and Mark Kowal at Rochester; and Michael Kummer at the Troy location. Visit

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Passenger traffic increases at Detroit Metro Airport

Passenger traffic increases at Detroit Metro Airport
After 21 consecutive months of declining passenger counts, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, (DTW) has recorded a month-over-month increase in total passengers according to preliminary numbers compiled by the Wayne County Airport Authority’s Division of Financial Planning and Analysis.
Total passenger traffic for May 2010 topped May 2009 by 82,798 passengers, or 3.1 percent. Airport Authority staff analysis of scheduled airline flights shows DTW up 9.1 percent year-over-year for July 2010 and departing seats up 5.8 percent. And while future airline schedule modifications are always possible, current schedules show departing flights increasing around 12 percent year-over-year for September and October 2010. Another analysis, conducted by the Air Transport Association comparing U.S. airline flight schedules from the third quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2010, ranks DTW number two in the nation for the percentage of flights added.

Bingham wins second place in contest for patented gear sets

David Bingham of Oxford won second place in an engineering contest at Middle Michigan Development Corporation in Mt. Pleasant for his patented right angle compound gear sets. Twenty entrepreneurs were spoke and three cash prizes were awarded. The top prize was $1,000, Bingham was awarded $500. Bingham has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology. He is also a master mechanic and is ASE Certified. His invention is approved by the American Gear Manufacturers Association. For information, visit or

Panera Bread honors five Oakland County employees

Panera Bread announces that Tim Casey, Reuben Hardiman, Jodi Hutton, Vitka Slavova and Mary Tobe, employees at five different Oakland County bakery-cafes, have been recognized as five of the company’s 2010 Associate of the Year honorees. The five locations are Commerce, Bloomfield Hills, Farmington Hills, Waterford and Novi.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

PMI move indicates growth in economy

PMI move indicates growth in economy     The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index, (PMI) expanded to 66.1 in June, indicating that the local economy experienced a significantly high rate of expansion.
    June marks the fifth consecutive month with PMI values higher than 50. An index above 50 indicates an expanding economy. The higher the value above 50, the greater the expansion.
    According to the survey, results compiled by the Wayne State University School of Business Administration and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the Institute for Supply Management, the growth in June was due to a strong increase in new orders and marked expansion in production and employment. 

 Panel will discuss health insurance     WWJ Newsradio 950, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan presents “Health Insurance Changes for Small Business,” opening at 7:15 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast and panel discussion with question and anwers is 8-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20 at Lawrence Technological University, UTLC Gallery, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Send us your business news

Send us your business news

Is your business celebrating a significant anniversary or milestone, expanding or moving, or has it earned an award? Do you have a new or newly promoted employee or manager? Please e-mail your news releases and photographs to 

Marketing agency receives communicator awards 

Pontiac-based pushtwentytwo, a full-service marketing agency, and its client Faurecia were the recipients of three 2010 International Association of Business Communicators Detroit Renaissance Awards of Merit at the annual awards ceremony in Troy. The agency was recognized in each of the three award divisions: Communications Creative, Skills and Management. The IABC Detroit’s Renaissance Awards honor excellence in business communication designed to promote the image, marketing or programs of a specific organization. For more information, call 248-335-9500 or visit

Friday, July 16, 2010

Macy’s Sommerset hosts Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson today

Master Sommelier and Chef Andrea Robinson will pour forth a lesson on the basics of proper food and wine partners while she shares some of her favorite recipes to sample. The informational demonstration is 6 p.m. today, July 16 at Macy's Somerset, third floor, home dept., 2752 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.
She will also introduce her new stemware collection - “The One”  - which is available at Macy’s and is a line created to take the guesswork out of choosing the proper wine glass. Customers making a purchase of The One   stemware the day of the event will receive a complimentary copy of Andrea’s 2010 Wine Buying Guide for Everyone.
 Following the cooking demonstration, Andrea will be available to meet and greet customers and sign copies of cookbook purchases made the day of the event. Andrea’s latest cookbook, Great Wine Made Simple, will be available for purchase the day of the event.
 The event is free. Seating is limited. Please call 1-800-329-8667 to reserve a space. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meeting for business owners

Meeting for business owners
The Business Improvement Team, a group of Michigan-based consultants, along with Tobias, Vandeputte & Skulsky PC, a CPA firm, present a free program called “The Business Performance Improvement 2.0 Series.” It meets the third Tuesday of each month to discuss topics related to business ownership. Sessions are designed to discuss new ways to accelerate business and innovation. Each meeting focuses on different topics with expert speakers. The next seminar is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Birmingham Tower, 280 N. Old Woodward, LL Conference Room in Birmingham. To register, visit or call 248-641-8400.

Business leaders post a list of questions for candidates
Business Leaders for Michigan recently released, “The 10 Questions Every Voter Should Ask Candidates Running for State Office.” The questions address the most urgent issues currently facing all Michigan residents, from the state budget and tax structure reform to school employee compensation and services. The questions can be found at

Schonscheck contracted by Ventower Industries
Schonscheck Inc., a design, construction and supply company based in Wixom, has recently been contracted by Ventower Industries LLC to build their new 115,000-square-foot heavy industrial crane building in Monroe. Ventower Industries is a full service fabricator and supplier of industrial scale, wind turbine towers. For more information, call 248-669-8800 or visit

Studio 50s consignment shop moves a block over
Studio 50s has relocated to 3065 Orchard Lake Road in Keego Harbor, a block from its previous location. Studio 50s has been buying, selling and handling consignments for more than 15 years and offers a large collection of mid-century modern furniture, fine art, pottery and art glass and accessories.The shop is open 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, or by appointment. For more information, visit or call 248-706-9600.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Business patents discussed today at Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Business patents discussed
The Student Intellectual Property Law Association is hosting a speaking event, “Future of Business Method Patents” 5 to 6 p.m. today at Thomas M. Cooley Law School Auburn Hills Campus, 2630 Featherstone, room 145 in Auburn Hills. The discussion is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court issued decision in the Bilski v. Kappos case, concerning the patentability of methods for hedging risk in commodity markets. Although the Court ruled that the claimed invention was not eligible for patenting, because it was merely an “abstract idea,” the court left undecided the exact test to be applied in future cases. The event is free and open to the public.

Brian Kelly joins law firm

 Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C., a Southfield-based law firm, has named Brian C. Kelly of Troy as a senior associate. He practices in the firm’s Defense Practice and Insurance Coverage Group, specializing in Professional Liability Defense and Insurance Coverage. Prior to joining Maddin Hauser, Kelly was a partner at Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC in Troy. He also practiced at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit and at Tressler Soderstrom Maloney & Priess in Chicago.

Bank sponsors job training

 The first students of the Bank of America-sponsored Better Job Opportunities class at the David B. Hermelin ORT Resource Center in West Bloomfield Township have graduated. A $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation underwrote the 12-week class in Microsoft Office Suite. Unemployed or under-employed residents of the metro Detroit area can apply for limited spots in future classes. Eligibility is based on need. Students attend two three-hour sessions per week for 12 weeks. Topics include basic computing, Internet, e-mail, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Powerpoint and web page design. All classes are open to out-of-work or underemployed individuals referred by Michigan Works and Jewish Vocational Service. Classes are also available for individuals who can pay to for classes. Call 248-432-5411 or visit

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Uptown Entertainment completes theater conversion

Uptown Entertainment completes theater conversion
Uptown Entertainment has completed the conversion of 19 screens at its two Birmingham locations to Sony Electronics’ 4K digital cinema technology, which provides four times the image resolution of high definition TVs. Uptown’s Palladium 12 and Birmingham 8 theaters were also the first among first-run theaters in the region to offer this advanced digital technology.
With the conversion, Uptown has outfitted screens for 3-D digital projection, combining Sony’s single-projector 3-D lens system with RealD 3-D technology, that enables the highest-quality 2-D and 3-D digital projection.
Besides offering the highest image resolution of all commercial projection technologies, Sony’s 4K system also enables Uptown to deliver alternative content to customers. Recent examples at the Birmingham theaters include musician Kenny Chesney’s: “Summer in 3-D” encore film and musical performer Jewel’s “Worldwide CD Premiere.”
At the world premiere of Jewel’s new album “Sweet and Wild,” Barb Zanetti, senior director of Uptown Entertainment noted audience members were treated to a live interactive show that was a convergence of a concert, launch party, question and answer session, and satellite broadcast. Fans were able to see a live broadcast of Jewel performing her new album and other hit songs, and also got a backstage look at how Jewel prepared for the event. In addition, attendees received a handheld electronic device to vote on the opening song, request other songs and respond in many other ways throughout the show. They were also able to use their own mobile phones to call, text or e-mail questions to Jewel live during the event.
For more information, visit

Skidmore Studio honored

Skidmore Studio of Royal Oak, a design and illustration studio, was awarded “Best of Show” from the Detroit chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. In addition, Skidmore took home 5 more trophies from the Renaissance Awards, IABC’s annual awards program honoring the top communications organizations in southeast Michigan. The additional five awards honored work Skidmore completed for clients including Weingartz, Oakland County, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. Visit

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Free financial crisis management seminars

Free financial crisis management seminars
Thav, Gross, Steinway & Bennett are hosting three financial crisis management seminars from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays — July 14, Aug. 4 and Sept. 15 — at Bingham Office Park, 30150 Telegraph, Suite 360. Ken Gross and David Einstandig, hosts of the Financial Crisis Talk Center radio show that airs Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on WDFN 1130 AM, will lead the discussion and answer key financial and legal questions. Reservations are required; call 248-645-1700 or visit

Radisson hires director of sales

Paulette Kruger of Macomb has been named director of sales for the Radisson Hotel of Bloomfield Hills. The 150-room hotel is managed by Waterford Hotel Group, a national hotel and convention center management firm. Kruger previously served this position prior to filling her most recent position as director of sales for the Hilton Garden Inn in Southfield. She has also served as director of sales for the Holiday Inn Express in Birmingham.

Harbor Computer Services receives Microsoft Partner Award

Harbor Computer Services, a woman-owned IT business in Royal Oak, is a Microsoft Partner Awards winner as Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year. The company was chosen out of an international field of top Microsoft partners as delivering market-leading customer solutions built on Microsoft technology. The Small Business Specialist Partner of the Year Award honors partners who use Microsoft technology in innovative ways to deploy integrated solutions that serve their customers in the small to midmarket business space. Visit

Inventory Support Services joins Detroit Regional Chamber

Inventory Support Services, LLC, a Clarkston-based, woman-owned company specializing in inventory management, fixed asset management and facility closures has joined the Detroit Regional Chamber — a group of more than 20,000 businesses focused on powering the economy for southeast Michigan. For more information on IS2, call 800-278-0644 or visit

Friday, July 9, 2010

Palace marquee to get updated

 Southfield-based agency hosting gala fundraiser for Miss USA
Southfield-based iGroup, Michigan’s leading and exclusive model and talent agency, has partnered with Michael George of Future Entertainment and the Miss Michigan USA Pageant to host a homecoming gala for Dearborn resident, and newly crowned, Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, today. The gala, which also serves as a fundraiser for The Pink Fund; a charity providing financial aid to individuals afflicted by breast cancer, starts at 9 p.m. in the Woodward Ball Room of The Westin Book Cadillac, at 1114 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. Guests must be 21 years or older and RSVP prior to the event. A minimum donation of $20 will be collected at the door to benefit The Pink Fund. Guests are asked to dress cocktail chic with a touch of pink in support of the worthwhile cause. Visit

Palace marquee to get updated

Palace Sports & Entertainment’s 94-foot tall Palace marquee, located just south of the Lapeer Road exit on I-75 in Auburn Hills, is getting its first major updating since it was erected in 1996. The project, which replaces the original one-color amber light displays, will be installed the week of July 26. The update will include twin 22-by-32-foot full-color LED digital billboard displays, one facing northbound traffic and the other southbound. The two displays will show a rotating list of events coming to the The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival. It can also do special announcements including traffic instructions and Detroit Pistons games scores.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DTE Energy Music Theatre hosts five sellouts in 10 days

DTE Energy Music Theatre hosts five sellouts in 10 days
DTE Energy Music Theatre recently enjoyed one of the most successful stretches in its 20 summers of Palace Sports & Entertainment ownership with a period of five sold out shows in 10 days from June 18-27. The string of sellouts included the Backstreet Boys with Mindless Behavior on June 18, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on June 22, Dave Matthews Band with Martin Sexton on June 23, Lynyrd Skynyrd with Bret Michaels and .38 Special on June 24, and Foreigner and Styx with Kansas on June 25.

Probate judge honored as distinguished public servant
The Oakland County Bar Association presented its 2010 “Distinguished Public Servant Award” to Oakland County Probate Judge Eugene Arthur Moore. The award is designed to recognize an individual employed in the public sector who has provided exceptional voluntary service and dedication to the Bar Association, the legal community, and the general public. The award acknowledges Moore’s numerous leadership responsibilities, countless volunteer roles, and sound judicial temperament.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel hires CFO

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel hires CFO
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel announces the appointment of Tina Eick as chief financial officer. She was formerly with Peter A. Basile Sons Inc. in Livonia, where she was employed for 14 years.

Personal injury lawyer named Olivet Alumni of the Year
Brian J. Benner, partner of Benner and Foran of Farmington Hills, was recently named Olivet Alumni of the Year for 2010-2011. Benner was honored by Olivet College for his “significant contributions as a personal injury lawyer and advocate for consumer safety.”

Walsh College student appointed to CALSTART board
Walsh College Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership student Sanjay Rishi of Troy has been appointed a board member of CALSTART, the nation’s leading clean transportation catalyst organization. Currently vice president of Global Strategy for IBM Corporation, Rishi has held several leadership roles in the company, including vice president responsible for the Global Automotive and Truck Industry. A student of Walsh in Cohort, Ill., he publishes a monthly column in “Automonitor,” a global automotive magazine.

Duperon wins sixth Emmy
Shawne Duperon of ShawneTV in Novi won her sixth Emmy award. Duperon, along with Terry Brennan and Dean Saigeon of the Birmingham production house Communicore, won the prestigious award for their creation of a compelling 30-second public service announcement promoting The American Cancer Society’s celebration of cancer free birthdays. For more information, visit

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel hires CFO
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel announces the appointment of Tina Eick as chief financial officer. She was formerly with Peter A. Basile Sons Inc. in Livonia, where she was employed for 14 years.

Personal injury lawyer named Olivet Alumni of the Year
Brian J. Benner, partner of Benner and Foran of Farmington Hills, was recently named Olivet Alumni of the Year for 2010-2011. Benner was honored by Olivet College for his “significant contributions as a personal injury lawyer and advocate for consumer safety.”

Walsh College student appointed to CALSTART board
Walsh College Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership student Sanjay Rishi of Troy has been appointed a board member of CALSTART, the nation’s leading clean transportation catalyst organization. Currently vice president of Global Strategy for IBM Corporation, Rishi has held several leadership roles in the company, including vice president responsible for the Global Automotive and Truck Industry. A student of Walsh in Cohort, Ill., he publishes a monthly column in “Automonitor,” a global automotive magazine.

Duperon wins sixth Emmy
Shawne Duperon of ShawneTV in Novi won her sixth Emmy award. Duperon, along with Terry Brennan and Dean Saigeon of the Birmingham production house Communicore, won the prestigious award for their creation of a compelling 30-second public service announcement promoting The American Cancer Society’s celebration of cancer free birthdays. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Looking for a job?

Looking for a job?

Novi’s Rock Financial Showplace will be the scene of a career expo today. The expo will have 30 companies looking to fill 3,000 different positions — in areas ranging from technology to finance to engineering. will pre-qualify candidates and set up interviews at the expo. Bring copies of your resume. Doors open to job seekers at 9 a.m. Personal interviews with recruiters will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

SHW Group adds staff

SHW Group, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in design for the education sector, has hired three new staff members for its Berkley office: Matthew Kelty, AIA, as project architect; Colleen Stickney as interior designer and Megan McParland as intern interior designer.

Debra M. McCulloch joins Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC

Attorney Debra M. McCulloch of Bloomfield Hills has joined Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC, a national litigation firm in Troy, as a partner, leading the firm’s new employment law group. With 30 years of combined experience in employment law matters and litigation, McCulloch counsels and defends private and public employers, including many Fortune 500 companies. McCulloch was previously a partner in the employment and commercial litigation practice areas of Dykema Gossett PLLC in Detroit. McCulloch was recently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 for Labor and Employment Law.